1. Affiliate networks
An affliate programme is basically when you earn a percentage of money every time someone clicks through a certain product link/image and makes a purchase. For example, you may earn up to 10% of a sale. When you sign up, you'll have an account where you can keep track of your earnings, click throughs etc. A few affiliate networks include:
Paid on results
Its best to have a look at what each one offers in terms of commission to see which one is suited to you. A lot of companies, such as Amazon run their own affiliate programmes so if you're a fan of a certain brand, its worth checking if they offer such a service.
2. Advertising space on your blog
Selling advertising space on your blog to other bloggers or businesses is another easy way to earn a little bit of income. How much you charge and what you offer is obviously up to you - its mainly down to trial and error as I've found. I've just started offering this service via passionfruit, which basically does everything for you including installing adverts and rotating them. However, I think I'll be having a rejig soon.
I'd say numbers do count somewhat when it comes to blog advertising but it really depends on your niche/readership.
3. Sponsored posts
A sponsored post is when you are paid to publish an article on your blog. This may be pre-written content or content you have written yourself. What you charge for a sponsored post is down to you. Brands will have a set budget and guidelines and only you can decide if its something you want to go ahead with. I'll be talking further about this in a future post as it requires a lot more depth.
4. Google adsense
In a nutshell, Google adsense is when you get paid for publishing google ads on your blog. If you're on blogger then google adsense can be set up via your dashboard but you need to apply first (its free to join). How much you earn varies but you need to earn £60 before you can cash out.
5. Blogging networks
Joining a blogging network, such as mode media (formerly glam media), handpicked media or BlogHer is a way of working with certain brands, whether its advertisements, samples, sponsored content, events. With these type of networks, you need to apply. I'm not with any network so I honestly don't know if its worth applying for or what they require, however I do know you need over 10,000 unique UK users per month to join Handpicked media so I'm guessing you may need a high level of views to join the other networks too.
6. Blog sales
Holding a blog sale selling your items is probably the easiest way for anyone to make some money via their blog. Unlike ebay/depop, its free to put your items on your blog to sell and you don't need a certain amount of views/subscribers to hold one. Blog sales are highly popular as its a great way for people to buy makeup/clothes at a much cheaper price. If you're holding a blog sale then check postal costs and shipping regulations. For instance, Royal mail wont ship nail polish abroad and there are rules on sending liquid make up items.
7. Selling from your blog
An alternative method to earn money is to sell from your blog. This may be certain products or services, for example, you may open your own online shop - I currently have an etsy store selling blog templates here *shameless plug* and lots of other bloggers sell fashion items/jewellery/homeware. You could also offer your writing services for freelance projects or write an ebook.
Its also important to think about declaring your blog earnings for tax purposes. I'll be going into much more depth in future posts but these are a few options to consider when thinking about monetising your blog. If there's anything you'd like me to cover, let me know in the comments below!
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